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NBA Draft 2015: Point Guards

POINT GUARDS / SHOOTING GUARDS / SMALL FORWARDS / POWER FORWARDS / CENTERS

Point Guard / 6-5 / Ohio State / Freshman
19.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 5.0 apg

Russell worked out for the Sixers and while he didn’t blow the doors off, he was solid and remains the likely pick. Mudiay had a strong workout with the team and may have increased his chances. Kristaps Porzingis has also been linked to this pick, but we consider the team’s backcourt need will ultimately dictate the pick. Russell’s shooting ability is what gives him the edge over the stronger and more athletic Mudiay for them. If the Lakers shock everyone and take Russell, Philly is expected to draft Okafor here.

Twitter: @Dloading
Comparison: Brandon Roy
Salary: $3,818,900*
Point Guard / 6-5 / Guangdong Southern Tigers (China) / Freshman
17.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 5.9 apg

Mudiay has good size at the PG position, which works well in the triangle. Despite Phil Jackson missing his workout, Kristaps Porzingis remains a real possibility with the Knicks if they decide to swing for the fences with a sweet shooter with great length and mobility. There’s also the chance someone else moves up to 4 for him. Trey Lyles has been linked to New York, as Phil Jackson gushed about him, but would only make sense from a value perspective if they were to trade down a few spots. If a trade happens, a team could move up for one of the Euros. And don’t rule out Winslow as the pick for New York at 4.

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Comparison: John Wall
Salary: $3,443,100*
Point Guard / 6-2 / Murray State / Sophomore
20.2 ppg, 6.0 apg, 3.7 rpg

The Pacers have been linked to Payne for some time now. He would give the team a young PG to build around and get back on track. There’s a chance a team looks to move up to 9 or 10 to grab Payne, but if he’s here he’s considered a good possibility for Indiana.

Twitter: @campayne
Comparison: George Hill
Salary: $1,964,800*
Point Guard / 6-1 / Duke / Freshman
11.8 ppg, 5.6 apg, 3.5 rpg

There is a lot of speculation that the Rockets may have a promise in place to select Jones. Jones shut down workouts after visiting Houston and the team has an obvious need for a stabilizing PG. The team has a heavy analytics approach to the draft and Jones scores very high with his efficiency and shooting ability. Whether he has the talent to merit a mid-first-round pick is debatable, but he certainly would fit in well with athletic and defensive Patrick Beverley.

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Comparison: Jordan Farmar
Salary: $1,372,000*
Point Guard / 6-5 / Notre Dame / Senior
16.5 ppg, 6.7 apg, 3.0 rpg

The Mavs have Euro and trade tendencies but could use a PG here and with an aging Dirk Nowitzki a player with some readiness seems prudent. The Rondo experiment was predictably a flop. Grant would offer a leader with potential immediate rewards, although a set-up guy with size like Delon Wright might work better.

Twitter: @JerianGrant
Comparison: Bobby Jackson
Salary: $1,207,500*
Point Guard / 6-2 / Louisville / Sophomore
17.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.0 apg

With Kyrie Irving‘s fragility, having a strong, reliable backup PG is imperative for the Cavs. Matthew Dellavadova is an inspirational player, but it’s becoming obvious he cannot be relied upon as the team’s primary PG if Uncle Drew gets injured. Rozier has starter potential and would be the perfect fit alongside LeBron.

Twitter: @T_Rozzay3
Comparison: Mookie Blaylock
Salary: $1,068,400*
Point Guard / 6-5 / Utah / Senior
14.5 ppg, 5.1 apg, 4.9 rpg

To us, Wright has mid-first-round value and may be long gone by this pick. But just like Clarkson, who fell to 46 last year, it seems that we are a lot higher on him than the scouts we speak with. Wright could develop into a long-term replacement for Deron Williams, who has entered the twilight of his career. Brooklyn appears to be close to rebuilding mode.

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Comparison: Jordan Clarkson
Salary: $950,200*

Key: (*) Standard salary for players selected with that pick in 2015-16.

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